With only a couple weeks left until baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline, general managers for all 30 clubs are keeping their cell phone companies happy in hopes of making a deal to help their club for now or the future. From now until the July 31st deadline, we here at Getting Blanked will have you covered each day with the latest rumours from around the league.
Another day, another trade for the Houston Astros. Yesterday they made a 10-player deal with the Blue Jays, today, they hooked up with the Chicago White Sox, sending closer Brett Myers to Chicago for minor-league pitchers Blair Walters, Matt Heidenreich and a player to be named later. Myers recorded 19 saves in 21 opportunities for the last place Astros this season. After acquiring Francisco Cordero from the Blue Jays in the deal yesterday, you wonder if he now takes the ninth inning role, or will he be the next pitcher on the move for Houston?
Now for today’s rumours:
After being thought of as the favourites for Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, Ken Rosenthal tweets the Dodgers are “very unlikely” for the right-hander.
The Yankees may be interested in Rick Ankiel, who was just designated for assignment by the Nationals, according to Adam Kilgore.
Cole Hamels may just stay in Philadelphia after all as Jon Heyman reports the two sides are heading in the “right direction”
Jon Paul Morosi still believes the Indians and Twins starter Francisco Liriano are a match.
Expect the Red Sox to be busy the next week, as GM Ben Cherington stated he likes what he sees from his club, and hopes to improve their chances of making the playoffs by making a few moves, according to ESPN.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson doesn’t think the team needs to add pitching at the deadline, according to MLB.com.
In his latest edition of “Full Count” Ken Rosenthal talks about the Indians need for pitching, the Padres plan to keep Huston Street and Carlos Quentin, and the latest with the Phillies’ Shane Victorino.